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The latest free membership special is for pet sitters in Boston, MA and Orange County, CA.  The first 2 pet sitters from each city to email PetsitUSA will receive a free 1-year membership!  Contact us soon!New Hi-Res Logo

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Video Tutorial on Cleaning Your Cat’s Ears by AVMA

by Lori Genstein, I've Got the 'Scoop'!, LLC on July 16, 2014

in Cats, Health, Pet Health, Pets, Random Thoughts

Hello!  I’m sharing a short but informative video tutorial I thought would be helpful with cleaning your cat’s ears:

Ear care by the American Veterinary Medical Association  

The American Veterinary Medical Association states:  ”Proper maintenance and regular cleaning of your cat’s ears is essential for their well being.  Dr. Julia Georgesen tells you how to clean your cat’s ears and what you need to be on the look out for when cleaning.”

 

  • One thing I advise differently is to use gauze when cleaning the ears, rather than cotton, to avoid any particles breaking off and remaining in the ear.   
  • When the ears are very dirty, you can pour the solution directly into the ear by holding the ear flap out, pouring the solution in, then gently squeeze and massage the base (bottom) of the ear…  but watch out, because one you let go, your kitty is going to shake, shake, shake!!!  And that’s exactly what you want, as that loosens all the wax and dirt in the ear, making it easier to clean.   
  • Most kitties and dogs do not like this… so I opt to saturate the gauze and squeeze the solution in.  It alleviates the force of it being squirted. 
  • Also, be sure the solution is not too cold!  Rolling the bottle between your hands for a few minutes or placing it in warm water really makes it more tolerable for your kitty when the solution is inserted.  Just be sure to squirt a little on the inside of your wrist to be sure it’s not too hot! 
  • If you have more than one pet, and one is sniffing the other’s ear… it is time to take a look.  An animal’s nose knows!!! 

So, how often do you clean your cat’s ears?   Do you have any special tips to help other pet parents…  please leave them in the comments.   Thanks!  Lori  : ) 

Click here to watch the video.

“HEARS” to happy cleaning and shining ears!!!  

 

I’ve Got the ‘Scoop’!, LLC   

www.IveGotTheScoop.net 

 

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This week PetsitUSA is offering 2 pet sitters in Memphis and Orlando free membership for 1 year!  You can be one of the 2 pet sitters in each city to receive the membership by emailing PetsitUSA!

Update: 1 of the free memberships from Orlando was just taken!  Only 1 left!

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Pet First Aid: Ways to Learn

by Ryan on June 28, 2014

in Pet First Aid

PET FIRST AID: DOING IT LIKE A PRO

To enjoy a bit of fresh air, play like a kid would under the bright skies, be able to quench its thirst when needed, and be free from any type of harm that could befall it – this is the ideal life for every animal. However, not all are lucky enough to have it all. Just like people are injured due to accidents and some children find themselves in not-so-desirable conditions as a result negligence, house pets and other animals similarly suffer from injuries and illnesses such as food contamination. In these events, animals are left to suffer in silence without the aid of human intervention. But this should not always be the case. People have the option to help these creatures out in the form of pet first aid. For people who are interested in pet first aid, training is now being offered by several institutions. Some of these are listed below:

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is offering training courses throughout United States ranging from disaster preparedness, water safety and lifeguarding, babysitting, home safety, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated external defibrillator (AED) and pet first aid training. Courses offered by the American Red Cross are open to the youth, professionals, laymen, aquatic facilities and to those who are simply interested in the saidprograms. The pet first aid training course is available in several chapters within the country although training is limited for dogs and cats. One has the option to choose from the following programs: Cat First Aid, Dog First Aid, or Cat and Dog First Aid. The course can be completed in less than a day anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5 hours depending on the specific course selected. Courses include medicine administration, breathing and cardiac emergencies, urgent care situation management, and wound treatment to name a few. Aside from practical training courses, one will be given corresponding printed reference guides bundled into the training package. The institution’s official website also has a store where one could buy a pet first aid kit. Furthermore, the American Red Cross now has its own mobile app available for Android and iPhone users. The mobile app features instructions on how to respond to over 25 pet emergency situations.

Dogsafe Canine First Aid

Dogsafe Canine First Aid was created by Michelle Sevigny, a professional dog trainer, in order to promote canine health awareness to the community. The organization is a strong supporter to non-profit canine organizations. As implied by its name, the organization only provides training support to dog safety. This offers a total of six courses and these are: DOGSAFE® Canine First Aid – Part 1, DOGSAFE® Canine First Aid – Part 2, Operation Find Fido™ Workshop, DOGSAFE® for Puppies Workshop, DOGSAFE® Bare Bones Workshop, and DOGSAFE® Canine First Aid Part 1 Distance Education. Most of the courses can be completed within 2 to 2.5 hours except for the Canine First Aid Part 1 which needs 8 hours to complete and the Distance Education that requires at least 12 hours of coursework. When parents are enrolled, kids aged 10 years and up can be allowed to participate in said programs. The distance learning program covers the same subjects tackled in Canine First Aid Part 1, some of which include common injury prevention, response to poisoning, performing artificial respiration, and minor burn treatment. Although it’s only limited to this at this time, its creation has made dog pet care accessible in countries where pet first aid is not a common practice.

Pet Tech

Just like Dogsafe Canine First Aid, Pet Tech programs and resources are geared toward canine companions. In here, the organization is making training programs available in two different levels- the PetSaver™ Class and the Pet Tech™ Instructor Training. ThePetSaver™ Class is a combination of skill training and lecture orientation program. Some of the courses included in here are restraining and muzzling for bite prevention, rescue breathing for dog patients with heartbeats but are not breathing, choking management, and vital signs assessment. The program comes complete with a handbook. After successfully passing the 8-hour course, a certificate will be awarded to the student. In comparison, the Pet Tech™ Instructor Training is more comprehensive where training is done in three days. Aside from practical skills, instructors will be given the right tools to train other people such as pet owners the right way to care for their pets. This course is also recommended for professionals like pet retailers, veterinarian staff, pet sitting services providers, kennel operates, obedience trainer, animal shelter and pet rescue employees, EMTs fire-fighters or simply for people genuinely interested in pet care.

Walks ‘N’ Wags

Walks ‘N’ Wags was originally put up by Lisa Wagner in 2000 as a dog walking and sitting services provider. Upon becoming a Pet First Aid Instructor in 2003, this has allowed her to share her knowledge to numerous pet lovers. In 2007, Walks ‘N’ Wags was born, taking over the management of an educational Services Pet Aid Program. Today, the company is providing pet first aid training programs in several locations in Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland) and in US (Washington State and Vermont). The Walks ‘N’ Wags Pet First Aid Course features a broad range of topics. Some of these include subjects such as what to include in first aid kit, head to toe assessment, animal restriction, recognizing signs and symptoms of injuries, artificial respiration and heat stroke. Aside from first aid, preventive measures are also included in the course. Although courses are claimed to be one of the best in the industry, the company does not offer standard rates. Course fees will vary based on the rates imposed by individual instructors. This too offers Distance Learning Program where one could acquire similar certification awarded to in-class students upon successfully completing the course.

Conclusion

A veterinarian can do wonders to an ailing pet. But accidents can happen in the strangest places at the most ungodly hours. For pets that can’t use a mobile phone to call 911 in case of health emergencies, they could easily end up immobilized or dead the next day. With the presence of human companions, this can be seen as clear form of neglect. Pets need the care of their owners and one way to show one’s love for their pets is to learn some of the basics of pet first aid. This may not be saving their lives now but pets do have a way of getting into trouble at times, making this course possibly useful in the future.

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Free Membership Special!

by Ryan on June 18, 2014

in PetsitUSA News

Free membership is being offered to the first two pet sitters to email PetsitUSA in Cleveland and Detroit!  New Hi-Res LogoMembership lasts for one year and will save you $45!

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Bonnie Odem Harlan, Founder of Prevent Pet Suffocation, brings awareness to pet parents in Memory of her Beloved Furry Angel, BLUE.

dorito bag

Dogs are dying daily, and it CAN happen to your beloved pet… to any of our pets!!!!

Be sure to cut the top and bottom of the bag off completely before throwing it away, and be certain snack bags are never left anywhere your pet may have access to one… not even an unaccessible location! Hide them up above in a closed cabinet or pantry, out of sight and smell.

When a dog puts their head into the bag and begins to breath, a vacuum seal is created preventing them from removing the bag.

I just received notice of the fourth doggie this week — rather, the fourth owner whom has come forward and brought the unfortunate news to Prevent Pet Suffocation’s attention, sharing their dog has died as the result of suffocating in a Frito Lays bag or similar snack bag.  Last week a dog suffocated with their head stuck in a plastic animal cracker container.  The numbers are increasing rapidly, and, most likely, there have been many other unreported deaths.

Visit Prevent Pet Suffocation’s Facebook page and read the stories… so extremely sad!  More importantly, please go to their web site and sign the petition to  have warning notices printed on the bags!!!

The original article appeared on MADMIKESAMERICA… after reading Bonnie’s heartbreaking experience, I’ve been following Prevent Pet Suffocation and helping spread awareness by sharing her story about Blue, as well as the horrific posts from many devastated pet parents, in an attempt to save other beloved pets’ lives.

Helping to keep beloved furry babies healthy and safe… and pet parents informed!

Lori

I’ve Got the ‘Scoop’!, LLC, in Palmyra

http://www.facebook.com/IveGotTheScoopLLC

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The latest pet food recall as a result of salmonella risk is Lamb Crunchy’s dog treats.  The official FDA statement is posted below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 27, 2014 – Pet Center, Inc of Los Angeles, CA. is voluntarily recalling its 3 oz bag of Lamb Crunchy’s dog treats (LAM-003) (UPC# 727348200038) with date code 122015 product of USA, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Lamb CrunchySalmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surface exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

This product was distributed to CA, WI, CO, and WA. to the following distributors; Gelson’s Market, General Pet, Nor-Sky Pet Supply, and Independent Pet.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Salmonella was detected by the State of Colorado, Department of Agriculture in a random sample.

Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 800-390-0575 Monday-Friday between 7:30am through 4pm PST.

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Auto Safety with Pets

by Ryan on May 23, 2014

in Dogs, Pet Travel, Pets

Traveling Tails, by Nicole Bruder, Owner of Lucy Goo Pet Sitting

Driving in Houston in the spring and summer months is an adventure to be sure. What with the warmer temperatures, the stop-and-start traffic, and the sheer magnitude of people who seem to suddenly have forgotten how to drive, most days, just getting behind the wheel is risky.  And while these things are in a constant state of change, one thing that never changes is Houstonian’s deep love for dogs.  So it always boggles my mind when I see drivers with their beloved dogs in the car without some form of animal restraint.

In the past two months alone, I’ve counted over twenty dogs riding inappropriately in cars; these dogs might be riding in owner’s laps, hanging out car windows, or standing free in truck beds.  We’re all guilty of wanting our dogs close to us, but what would happen to our dogs in the event of an accident?

Let’s face facts: dogs are smaller than humans, and in most instances, weigh less.  This means that in a crash, momentum could cause a dog’s body to become a projectile, injuring not only the dog, but also anyone near.  Without some kind of formal restraint in the car, most of these dogs will die.  Frankly that knowledge terrifies me, and I’m sure it scares many of you.  But what can we do to prevent something like this from happening?

The safest things you can do for yourself and your dog is either to harness her into the backseat, or put her into a car kennel that buckles-again, this would go in the backseat (they work great for cats and small pets, too).

Maybe you’d like to have your dog beside you in the car, but consider a car crash: your dog may never have another chance to run at the dog park, to get belly rubs, or to lick your face when you’re happy or sad.

Buckling your dog into the backseat might seem strange, but it’s no less than what we would do for our children.  We fasten their seat belts because we want to keep them safe…we don’t let them hang out the window when driving down the freeway, either.  Let’s do the same for our pets and keep them safe, too.

Commit to restraining your dogs when in the car-for their safety and for yours.

Traveling safely with pets entails not allowing them to roam freely in the car or in the back of a truck. There are many secure products on the market to make safety a priority. A good site to visit for product choices is: www.petautosafety.com

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